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Every year, college admissions is becoming more competitive. In 2017, elite colleges turned away more than 90% of applicants (crazy, I know). Whatever your college goals may be, let’s work together to build your application story to give you an admissions edge!


1:1 UC and Common App Essay Coaching

For Seniors and Transfer Students

In-person in San Francisco Bay Area (Palo Alto) or Skype

1:1 College Counseling and Mentorship

For Grades 8-11

In-person in San Francisco Bay Area (Palo Alto) or Skype

“College essays are arguable one of the most important parts of the college application processes. Knowing that, my family brought me to multiple essay helping tutoring centers and individuals to get the best possible help. Of everything I’ve been to, Nae is definitely the most usable and effective person who helped me. My previous teachers always just end at a subpar note, regardless of whether or not I liked how my essay turned out. Nae, however, makes sure that what I produce truly reflects who I am in a way that I like the most. She also gives her all to help all the time. I still remember how I called Nae out of desperation one day and she helped me on my essay while walking on the road. I cannot thank her enough for all the effort she put into me and how much she helped me into getting into my college.”

Miranda Z.

Common App and UC Essay Student

Why Us?

Proven Method

Over 85% of students I work with get into their top-choice schools.
This is because I know firsthand how to help you brainstorm that perfect essay anecdote and how to best present yourself to colleges!

Amazing Support

You’ve never had to write a college application essay, so I know how daunting it is. So, I offer unlimited essay revisions after the first session. I’m also available 24/7 on email and text if you’re ever stuck because genuinely invested in your success.

World-class Mentorship

I’ve successfully worked with students to get into their dream schools by giving them admissions strategies to ensure that they stand out from other competitive applicants. Even better: I have firsthand experience successfully applying to competitive universities, so I know what it takes!.

“My decision to transfer schools just after my first semester of college seemed anything but easy at the time. Even today, I can still remember the anxiousness I felt at the daunting thought of going through the intensive essay-writing process for a second time. As I began the constant cycle of brainstorming, writing, and re-writing my personal statement, the road ahead didn’t look at all optimistic—not until I met with Nae.

Nae’s creative ideas and supportive suggestions helped my essays tremendously. I admire how well she is able to help me organize my primitive ideas into concrete, comprehensive messages. Throughout the entire process (2-3 months in length) Nae was always available to answer any of my questions and give me constructive essay-edits. She guided me through multiple drafts and opportunities of revision which helped me transform my essays to become stronger, clearer, and more engaging. I am very fortunate to have been accepted to my first-choice school at the end of my transfer application process, and I can say without a doubt that working with Nae influenced this outcome entirely.”

Sajal K.

Transfer Student

Your College Application and Essay Coach

Nae Tanaka

Nae Tanaka

I’m absolutely passionate about the college application and admissions process!

My successes working with students and helping them to get into their dream schools compelled me to quit my career at Google to pursue college admissions full-time.

Here’s my story: After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I moved to the Bay Area to work at Google. While at Google, I began coaching students with their college applications and college essay writing and helped them get into their top choice schools.

After 5 years, I realized that my strategies and advice to students to get into their dream schools were unique and extremely effective. I also realized that smart and motivated students constantly make the same mistakes throughout college admissions and essay writing process and they end up squandering their chances to their dream colleges. Let’s work together to avoid the mistakes so many students make in the college applications and essays and give you the admissions edge!

“My son always said that he would just apply for colleges in California where we live. But, at the end of September in his senior year, my son changed his mind and decided to apply for top notch colleges outside of California. Since he changed his mind at the last minute, he was neither prepared nor, had sufficient time to work on college applications. Wow, I was in panic mode. I started to look for a tutor who can help my son. Then, I found Nae.”

Nae is a GREAT listener. Instead of telling my son what to do, Nae talked, listened and followed up with questions to bring out his inner thoughts to write his personal stories. It was obvious that we were under VERY tight schedule to meet deadline of each college one after another. Nae always found time to have sessions, answer questions, and provide feedback even outside of the scheduled sessions. I don’t think we could have survived the stressful college application process without Nae.

My son will be attending Cornell this fall. Thank you, Nae.”

Tina C.

Happy Parent

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